Al Amerat in August 2012

The long cherished goal for Oman, of having their own full-sized fully-turfed is almost within reach. The Al Amerat ground on the outskirts of Muscat has already had its central square seeded and turfed and by the middle of 2013, the facility will be complete. “It’s a vital step for Oman if they are to fulfil the requirements for ICC Associate Membership,” says ACC Development Manager Bandula Warnapura.

“They have everything else: a sound administration, a decent team in Division 3 of Pepsi ICC World Cricket League, native players, quite a lot of domestic cricket activity, all they’ve been lacking is a turf ground,” adds the ACC Development Manager. Having turf will not only elevate them in the administrative and funding environment of world cricket, finally having a turf facility to practise on before they go abroad to play in ACC and ICC tournaments can only boost their chances. “All too many times”, says ACC Development Officer for Oman Iqbal Sikander, “Oman have got to a high-level tournament only to lose their opening matches because of lack of acclimatisation to turf and thus put themselves out of contention, only to come good at the end once they’ve got a few matches on grass under their belt.”

Oman Cricket Secretary Madhu Jesrani with Iqbal Sikander at Al Amerat in July 2010

With their handicaps, Oman have been high-flyers. Given a new platform of home-grown turf and talent, they have every chance of being numbered among the best.

Oman Moving Forward

Filed September 13th, 2012